Maria Amalia Pesantes Villa
"OUT OF SIGHT, OUT OF MIND
INTERCULTURAL NURSE TECHNICIANS IN THE PERUVIAN AMAZON"
Interculturalidad does not have a single static meaning; rather, its meaning is specific to the context and actor using it. In this talk I will discuss the complexity inherent in the use of the concept of interculturalidad to implement projects and policies for indigenous people through a case study of a grassroots initiative in intercultural health promoted by AIDESEP, an organization that represents indigenous communities from the Peruvian Amazon.
I will discuss the limitations of the strategies of both the indigenous organizations and the State around intercultural health and the creativity that, despite these limitations, a group of indigenous nurse technicians use to provide intercultural health care.
Through the analysis of the approaches used by the Peruvian State and AIDESEP to provide intercultural health in Peru, I will argue that without structural changes in the State’s support and promotion of indigenous medicine, intercultural health will only produce superficial changes.
Furthermore, I will explain why without active political support from indigenous organizations, changes in healthcare delivery for indigenous people will not achieve policy-level changes. Based on my research, I argue that interculturalidad, remains a well-intentioned idea that, when implemented, falls short of delivering the changes it seeks to promote.
Location and Address
3106 WWPH Anthropology Lounge